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Video:How To Paint A Ceiling

with Debbie Anderson

Painting a ceiling may seem like a daunting task, but you can easily get it done without making a major mess. Find out the best way to paint a ceiling in your home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How To Paint A Ceiling

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com Home. Taking on a large project, such as painting the ceiling, requires a little bit of pre-planning. So today I'm going to show you some tips on how to prepare, prior to painting the ceiling, and some of the best techniques for painting the ceiling.

Supplies Needed to Paint a Ceiling

For this project, you will need:
  • a plastic drop cloth
  • a canvas drop cloth
  • a metal roller tray
  • a 9-inch paint roller frame with cover and extension handle
  • extra all-purpose polyester paint rollers
  • a ladder
  • painter's tape
  • a utility knife
  • a paint can opener
  • a stir stick
  • a natural bristle paintbrush
  • interior wall paint

Prepare the Area for Painting

Before you begin painting, prepare the area by rolling up any area rugs on the floor and cover any larger pieces of furniture with a plastic drop cloth.

Next lay the canvas drop cloth on the floor for the ceiling area you will be painting. To keep the drop cloth from sliding around as you paint the ceiling, tack the drop cloth to the boarder trim around the floor with a few small pieces of painters tape.

Tape the Wall Around the Ceiling

Finally, use a sturdy ladder to apply painters tape to the very top of the walls where the wall meets the ceiling. Use your fingertips to push out any air pockets in the tape and to double check that the edge of the painters tape is nudged up just against the seam where the ceiling meets the wall, but not on the ceiling surface itself.

Mix the Paint

Now that the prep work is completed, use your paint can opener to open the paint can and stir the paint with a stir stick for approximately 1 to 2-minutes. Once the paint is mixed, pour just enough paint in the deep end of the roller tray to fill up the deeper end of the tray.

Prepare the Paint Roller

Load the paint roller with paint and squeeze out any excess paint by rolling it across the textured surface of the tray. Next, twist the extension pole and extend the handle to its full length. Twist the handle back again to lock the handle in place.

Paint the Ceiling

When painting a ceiling, it is best to start with one corner of the ceiling near the wall edge and work your way around the room. Push the handle straight up while using the other hand as a guide to move the roller across the surface of the ceiling until the entire ceiling surface is covered in paint.

Paint the Ceiling Edges

Finally, use a natural bristle brush to paint the edges of the ceiling closet to the walls. Allow the paint to dry.

And there you have it! A few more tips for your next paint project! Thank you for watching! To learn more, please visit us on the Web at homegarden.about.com.
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